Creative Writing Competitions

Thus we present our list of excellent writing competitions based in the UK. Top Prize: £3,000 | Categories: Short Story/Poem | Deadline: March | Fee: None Awarded for the best piece of previously-unpublished writing on the topic of “Childhood” – the theme of the 2018 Alpine Fellowship Annual Symposium.

To appear here a competition must run at least every year, and must have a prize that justifies the entry fee. In addition to the main prize, the winner and two runners up will be invited to attend the symposum in Venice.

The Shuman Award for Best Honors Thesis in Creative Writing will be awarded to the best creative honors thesis.

The Shuman Junior Award in Literature will be awarded to the best junior English Literature major.

We encourage students from every department and school within Northwestern to compete according to the guidelines below.

Any original work is eligible, whether or not it has been written for a class.Your name must be completely removed from the document, and all comments by teachers on the course papers, however, should also be removed.A legible scanned of the entry copy is acceptable as long as it is in pdf format; handwritten work is not acceptable.One of the only UK awards open to children’s books as well as adult.The short story strand is narrowed down by judges and then decided by a popular vote. The organisers say, “The award fills a niche in the catalogue of literary prizes by celebrating the achievement of outstanding second novels, often neglected in comparison to the attention given to promising first books.” Top Prize: Retreat/Mentorship | Categories: Novel/Collection | Deadline: April | Fee: £10 Previously unpublished writers are invited to submit entries of up to 5,000 words from a novel, narrative nonfiction or short story collection in progress.Entrants must have a prior record of publishing creative work in the UK.Stories up to 8,000 words are accepted, and may be submitted by the author or by their agent. Top Prize: £5,000 | Categories: Short Story/Flash/Poem | Deadline: May | Fee: £7 – £8 A prestigous annual competition with different strands for short stories, flash fiction and poetry.As well as the first place prize money there are several supplementary awards, including one for writers based in Dorset. Top Prize: £1,000 | Categories: Short Story | Deadline: May | Fee: £8 This prize, run by Brick Lane Bookshop, is open to all UK residents for original short stories between 1,000 and 5,000 words.Its aim is to celebrate short stories and to give emerging writers encouragement and a little financial space to write.Top Prize: £500/Feedback | Categories: Short Story/Poem | Deadline: June | Fee: £9 The winners, in each category, will receive a cash prize of £500, feedback on a piece of work of their choice from a leading literary agent (or Editor as appropriate) and a year’s free membership to the Society of Authors, which includes access to advice and resources on all aspects of the business of writing.Top Prize: £1000 | Categories: Flash | Deadline: February/July/October | Fee: £9 The goal of this contest is to promote flash fiction for both writers and readers, and to bring the genre to a wider audience.


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